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China and RomeRussell Shaw

Not long after coming to power in 1933, the German government headed by Adolf Hitler sought a formal agreement with the Holy See -- a concordat setting terms of the Church-state relationship. No sooner ...

Books for the summer of our discontentGeorge Weigel

These past few months, I expect many folks have found themselves resorting to the page and the lamp more often; may that literary trend continue long after our public health circumstances change! Since ...

Now is the time to actMichael Reardon

Generally, this time of year, we are celebrating the end of school, with teachers and school leaders looking forward to a break from the daily routine -- schools quiet, floors being waxed, walls painted ...

The compositions of Father Theodore MetcalfThomas Lester

I want to start by thanking a regular reader of The Pilot for contacting me to suggest the following topic and sharing his research on Father Metcalf's contributions to Catholic music. The Solemnity ...

Red Smith on baseballDick Flavin

How are you getting your baseball fix these days? There are great games being replayed on NESN and MLB-TV -- and replayed, and replayed, over and over again. I stopped watching them back in April sometime. ...

Why 'What the bishops are doing about it?' is the wrong questionBishop Robert Barron

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate ...

Will Nancy Pelosi take a page from her father's playbook?George Weigel

In 1918, Mayor James Preston presented a 264-piece silver service to Cardinal James Gibbons on behalf of Baltimore and its citizens -- a municipal tribute to the city's beloved archbishop on the 50th ...

Cops and padresJohn Garvey

It might just be a reflection of my own intellectual preoccupations, but I can't help but notice some parallels in our efforts to end both police racism and clergy sexual abuse. One concerns the way we ...

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of GodBishop Robert Barron

I've been reading, recently, a good deal of the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand -- perhaps not a household name, but in fact one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of the last century. An inspiration ...

1976 -- the Year of the BirdDick Flavin

1976 will be remembered by some as the year of America's bicentennial when the Queen of England visited Boston. Others will recall it as the year a peanut farmer from Georgia, former Gov. Jimmy Carter, ...